PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was unanimously elected as the national president of the Janata Dal United (JD-U) at a meeting of the party national council held in the local SK Memorial Hall today.
More than 1,000 delegates from 28 states attended the meeting held to ratify the national executive’s decision to nominate him as the new party president.
His name was proposed by the outgoing party president Sharad Yadav which was supported by all. The meeting authorized him to bring all the secular forces together across the country.
Moments after being coronated, Kumar launched a frontal attack on the BJP for allegedly dividing the country along communal lines.
“The nation faces a great challenge today as they (BJP) are trying to divide the nation along religious lines after failing to fulfill its pre-poll commitments,” declared Kumar, addressing the meeting of the party’s national council.
“Sometimes they raise ‘Love Jihad’, sometimes they launch ‘Ghar Wapsi’ campaign and sometimes they talk about beef,” he said, while also attacking the saffron brigade for generating a debate over patriotism.
“The people and the party which just had no role in the country’s freedom movement are now raising the issue of patriotism. Patriotism is a must but we don’t require the certificates of our patriotism from the BJP and the RSS,” he thundered.
He also denied he was in the race for the Prime Minister adding he was only uniting the secular forces against the BJP. “I am working without any interest”, he declared.
He hoped to defeat the BJP in the next general elections by using the same strategy which he adopted in recent Bihar elections by bringing all the secular forces together.